(Didn’t see a thread on this movie yet.)
I went to see most of Mr. and Mrs. Smith today while my car was in the shop – I had to leave about an hour and half through to pick up the car. I chose that one to kill time because I wasn’t expecting to like it; I thought I could just watching an hour or so of stuff gettin’ blowed up and then leave. Now I wish I’d been able to finish it, because I really liked it!
You always hear people griping about the “Hollywood Machine” and how it’s completely vapid and soul-killing, but IMO this movie proves how people who know what they’re doing can make the Hollywood Machine work and use all the money and technical proficiency and big-name stars to their advantage. Mr. and Mrs. Smith isn’t an art film, of course, but it’s clever, funny, and very well done.
The ads don’t make it clear how much of a comedy it is; it’s more a satire than an action movie. It’s kind of like a cross between The War of the Roses and Mission Impossible or some similar big-budget stupid summer spy movie. But it’s more romantic and less bitter than the former, and a whole lot smarter than the latter.
What surprised me the most was that Angelina Jolie was awesome. I’ve never really gotten the appeal of her; she’s always struck me as kind of weird looking and not all that bright – but here, she’s astoundingly hot, really smart, and does action, comedy, romance, all of it extremely well. Brad Pitt – eh. He was competent, but just there.
Like I said, I wish I’d seen the entire thing now, and I’m going to have to see it again.